Ohio Commemorative Quarter Released On Monday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio commemorative quarter could cost more than 25 cents.

The U.S. Mint was scheduled to release the quarter Monday, but it might not reach banks until late this week, said June Gates, spokeswoman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Ordering over the Internet on the U.S. Mint's Web site (link located near the top right-hand corner of this page) should get customers quarters within two days, but at a steep price.

It will cost $32 for two, 40-coin rolls -- $20 worth of quarters -- plus $12.95 for express shipping to get customers quarters by Wednesday, said Matt Kilbourne, U.S. Mint spokesman.

The Mint has released five new state quarters each year since 1999. Ohio's coin -- which features the slogan "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers," an astronaut and a Wright brothers plane -- is the 17th to be released.

The Mint and Gov. Bob Taft's office have scheduled a release ceremony for March 18 at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton. Taft and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, a former astronaut, will take part in the ceremony.

The Mint will make 1.2 billion Ohio quarters this year before the state's bicentennial celebration in 2003.

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